Drinkwater, M. J., Proust, D., Parker, Q. A., Quintana, H. and Slezak, E. (1999) New structure in the Shapley supercluster. Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia (P A S A), 162: 113-123.
We present new radial velocities for 306 bright (R < 16) galaxies in a 77 sq. degree region of the Shapley supercluster measured with the FLAIR-II spectrograph on the UK Schmidt Telescope. The galaxies we measured were uniformly distributed over the survey area in contrast to previous samples which were concentrated in several rich Abell clusters. Most of the galaxies (230) were members of the Shapley supercluster: they trace out two previously unknown sheets of galaxies linking the Abell clusters of the supercluster. In a 44 sq. degree area of the supercluster excluding the Abell clusters, these sheets alone represent an overdensity of a factor of 2.0 +/- 0.2 compared to a uniform galaxy distribution. The supercluster is not flattened in the Declination direction as was suggested in previous papers. Within our survey area the new galaxies contribute an additional 50% to the known contents of the Shapley supercluster with a corresponding increase in its contribution to the motion of the local group.